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Mastering Windows Presentation Foundation

By : Sheridan Yuen
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Mastering Windows Presentation Foundation

By: Sheridan Yuen

Overview of this book

Windows Presentation Foundation is rich in possibilities when it comes to delivering an excellent user experience. This book will show you how to build professional-grade applications that look great and work smoothly. We start by providing you with a foundation of knowledge to improve your workflow – this includes teaching you how to build the base layer of the application, which will support all that comes after it. We’ll also cover the useful details of data binding. Next, we cover the user interface and show you how to get the most out of the built-in and custom WPF controls. The final section of the book demonstrates ways to polish your applications, from adding practical animations and data validation to improving application performance. The book ends with a tutorial on how to deploy your applications and outlines potential ways to apply your new-found knowledge so you can put it to use right away.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Mastering Windows Presentation Foundation
About the Author
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In this chapter, we've investigated the rich inheritance hierarchy of the built-in WPF controls, determining which abilities comes from which base classes and seen how each control is laid out by their containing panels. We've examined the differences between the different panels and understand that some work better in certain conditions than others.

We've also uncovered the mysteries of the ContentControl and ItemsControl elements and now have a good understanding of ContentPresenter and ItemsPresenter objects. We moved on to discover a wide variety of ways for us to customize the built-in controls. Finally, we considered how best to make our own controls.

In the next chapter, we will take a thorough look at the WPF animation system and discover how we can utilize it in every day applications. We'll also find out a number of techniques to fine-tune animations to get that perfect effect and discover how we can build animation functionality into our application framework.